1When Ishbosheth, Saul’s son, heard that Abner was dead in
Hebron, his hands became feeble, and all the Israelites were troubled.
2Ishbosheth, Saul’s son, had two men who were captains
of bands: the name of the one was Baanah, and the name of the other Rechab,
the sons of Rimmon the Beerothite, of the children of Benjamin (for Beeroth
also is reckoned to Benjamin:
3and the Beerothites fled to Gittaim, and
have lived as foreigners there until this day).
4Now Jonathan, Saul’s
son, had a son who was lame of his feet. He was five years old when the news
came of Saul and Jonathan out of Jezreel; and his nurse took him up, and
fled: and it happened, as she made haste to flee, that he fell, and became
lame. His name was Mephibosheth.
5The sons of Rimmon the Beerothite,
Rechab and Baanah, went, and came about the heat of the day to the house of
Ishbosheth, as he took his rest at noon.
6They came there into the midst
of the house, as though they would have fetched wheat; and they struck him in
the body: and Rechab and Baanah his brother escaped.
7Now when they came
into the house, as he lay on his bed in his bedchamber, they struck him, and
killed him, and beheaded him, and took his head, and went by the way of the
Arabah all night.
8They brought the head of Ishbosheth to David to
Hebron, and said to the king, Behold, the head of Ishbosheth, the son of
Saul, your enemy, who sought your life; and Yahweh has avenged my lord the
king this day of Saul, and of his seed.
9David answered Rechab and Baanah
his brother, the sons of Rimmon the Beerothite, and said to them, As Yahweh
lives, who has redeemed my soul out of all adversity,
10when one told me,
saying, Behold, Saul is dead, thinking to have brought good news, I took hold
of him, and killed him in Ziklag, which was the reward I gave him for his
11How much more, when wicked men have slain a righteous person in
his own house on his bed, shall I not now require his blood of your hand, and
take you away from the earth?
12David commanded his young men, and they
killed them, and cut off their hands and their feet, and hanged them up
beside the pool in Hebron. But they took the head of Ishbosheth, and buried
it in the grave of Abner in Hebron.